Saturday, November 29, 2014

“Day of the Reaper” Returns for Revenge

Day Of The ReaperTim Ritter’s first horror film, the super-8mm slasher, "Day Of The Reaper" returns to VHS this Sunday night in a limited edition release.  This time around to, and for the first time ever, the movie has been given a proper transfer from the original film reels. And besides the usual Clam Shell / Big Box / Deluxe version VHS releases, there will also be DVD and Blu-Ray options for the first time ever.  All releases are limited, and this will be the last time the movie will be made available on any of these formats.

“Five women on vacation are stalked by a hooded cannibal killer in the town of Sunnyville Florida.”
The VHS release is limited to 50 units split up over the three versions. The DVD and Blu-Ray each will be limited to 100 units.  Once gone, they are gone for good, so lock yours down now!

There will also be a Lego White Reaper character option, which comes with the Deluxe VHS release but can be added on to the Clam shell, Big Box, VHS or Blu-Ray releases for just $10 more.

“Day of the Reaper” remastered goes LIVE this Sunday night at 7pm EST. Get the VHS and Lego figure HERE.   Get the DVD HERE.  Get the Blu-Ray HERE. 

Friday, November 28, 2014

DVD Release Details For “Horns”

hornsThe DVD/ Blu-ray release of Alexandre Aja directed“Horns” has been set for January 6th, 2015. The film stars Juno Temple, Daniel Radcliffe, Sabrina Carpenter, Kelly Garner, and Max Minghella. The film is based on the best-selling novel by Joe Hill.

A supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery, and romance, HORNS follows Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe), the number one suspect for the murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns growing from his head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses–an effective tool in his quest to discover what happened to his girlfriend and exact revenge on her killer. Based on the best-selling novel by Joe Hill.

Written by Keith Bunin, HORNS has a running time of 120 minutes and is rated R for sexual content, some graphic nudity, disturbing violence including a sexual assault, language and drug use. Blu-Ray™ and DVD special feature includes The Making of Horns.

New Images Released For “The Invitation”

Check out the new images released for “The Invitation”, directed by Karyn Kusama. The film is the first feature film since “Jennifer’s Body”, and stars Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Emayatzy Corinealdi, John Carroll Lynch, Michiel Huisman. “The Invitation” is a pressure-cooker adult thriller that explodes into a truly shocking climax, steeped in the dark mythology of Southern California.

Will and Eden were once a loving couple with a beautiful child. After a tragedy took their son from them, Eden disappeared suddenly, leaving her grieving husband behind. Three years later, out of the blue, she has returned with a new husband… and as a different person, profoundly and eerily changed.

On a dark night in the Hollywood Hills, Will returns to the house in which they lived for a reunion with Eden, his new girlfriend, Kira, and the group of friends that fell apart in the wake of the tragedy. Over the course of the evening, Will is gripped by mounting evidence that something very insidious has taken hold of his ex-wife, and that the new people in her life have a mysterious and horrifying agenda. But can we trust Will’s hold on reality? Or will he be the unwitting catalyst of the doom he senses?

By the end of the night, the ramifications of what happens in this house will spread far beyond its doors.




DVD Release Details For “The Atticus Institute”

TAI Anchor Bay Entertainment presents the disturbing new horror thriller THE ATTICUS INSTITUTE, from producer of The Conjuring Peter Safran, available on DVD and Blu-ray™ January 20st, 2015. Written and directed by Chris Sparling (writer of “Buried”) in his directorial debut, THE ATTICUS INSTITUTE stars Rya Kihlstedt (“Dexter”), William Mapother (“Lost”, The Grudge), Harry Groener (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer”), John Rubinstein (“Angel”) and Sharon Maughan (The Bank Job) and was executive produced by Dan Clifton. Special features include “The Making of The Atticus Institute” and deleted scenes.

Dr. Henry West founded The Atticus Institute in the early 1970s to test individuals expressing supernatural abilities - E.S.P., clairvoyance, psychokinesis, etc. Despite witnessing several noteworthy cases, nothing could have prepared Dr. West and his colleagues for Judith Winstead. She outperformed every subject they had ever studied - soon gaining the attention of the U.S. Department of Defense, who subsequently took control of the research facility. 

The more experiments they conducted on Judith, the clearer it became that her abilities were the manifestation of evil forces within her, prompting the government to take measures to weaponize this force. But they soon discovered there are powers that exist in this world that simply cannot be controlled. Now the details of the inexplicable events that occurred within The Atticus Institute are being made public after remaining classified for nearly forty years.

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Check Out New Clip Released For “The Scarehouse”

thescarehouseA new clip, entitled “Our Little Sisterhood”, has been released for upcoming horror “The Scarehouse”. The film is directed by Gavin Michael Booth and stars arah Booth, Kimberly-Sue Murray, Katherine Barrell, Teagan Vincze, Emily Alatalo, Dani Barker, Ivana Stojanovic Jennifer Miller. The Canadian premiere is set for December 1st, Toronto.

In this clip, Corey and Elaina begin the process of removing Katrina's fake beauty as revenge for betraying their sisterhood.

When two friends open a Halloween fun house on Devil's Night it is all fun and games until their former sorority sisters begin to arrive. These six sisters are confronted by their past as the night spins out of control.

Production Begins On Post-Apocalyptic Thriller “Last Broken Darkness”

lbdProduction has began on post-apocalyptic thriller “Last Broken Darkness”, with filming set to begin in South Africa. “Last Broken Darkness” is directed by Christopher-Lee Dos Santos, and stars Suraya Santos and Sean Cameron Michael.

 A meteor shower strikes earth, reducing the human population to near extinct levels. The surviving people seek refuge underground.

New Official Trailer For “Alien Outpost”

alien outpostIFC Midnight has released a new official trailer for “Alien Outpost”. The film is scheduled to be released in theaters and VOD January 30th, 2015. “Alien Outpost” stars Adrian Paul, Reiley McClendon, Rick Ravanello, Matthew Holmes,  and follows a documentary crew shadowing an elite unit of soldiers in the wake of an alien invasion.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Clip Released For “The Pyramid”

the pyramidA new clip has been released for upcoming return to classic horror , “The Pyramid”. The film is directed by Gregory Levasseur and starring Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley, Denis O’Hare, Daniel Amerman, Amir K. Taking horror back to the beginning with curse of the mummy nightmares, “The Pyramid” hits theatres on December 5th.

A team of U.S. archaeologists unearths an ancient pyramid buried deep beneath the Egyptian desert. As they search the pyramid’s depths, they become hopelessly lost in its dark and endless catacombs. Searching for a way out, they become desperate to seek daylight again. They come to realize they aren’t just trapped, they are being hunted.

The Pyramid - Opening the Pyramid by teasertrailer

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First Image Released From Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful”

The first official image for season two of Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful’ has been released. It is a simple still of Ethan and Vanessa embracing, which symbolizes a deeper, more personal bond to come between the two. And of course we all know that, in a world driven my supernatural means, the tighter the bond- the stronger the psychotic response to said bond.

penny dreadful‘Penny Dreadful’ returns on Showtime with season two in January, 2015. The series stars Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, Harry Treadaway, Danny Sapani, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear with Helen McCrory and Simon Russell Beale. Read the full statement released in regards to season two’s storyline:

“This season, Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s past. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Simon Russell Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. Additional guest stars include Douglas Hodge as a Scotland Yard investigator; Sarah Greene as Poole’s powerful daughter, Hecate; and Johnny Beauchamp as a man with a singular past.”

DVD Release Details For “Exists”

existsPress Release:
The terrifying urban legend comes to life when Exists arrives on DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD February 3rd from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. 

The film is currently available via On Demand.
From the director of The Blair Witch Project, Eduardo Sanchez, Exists takes you back to the woods in this first-person account of a legend on a deadly attack. The Exists DVD includes an audio commentary with director Eduardo Sanchez, deleted scenes, and two behind-the-scenes featurettes. The Exists DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway – a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed – something not exactly human, but not completely animal – an urban legend come to terrifying life… and seeking murderous revenge.
  • Audio Commentary with Director Eduardo Sanchez
    “21 Days in the Woods: Behind-the-Scenes of Exists” featurette
    “Bringing Bigfoot to Life” featurette
    Deleted Scenes

Teaser Trailer Released For “Jurassic World”

jurassic worldThe teaser trailer has arrived for return to the Jurassic age with “Jurassic World”. The film is directed by Colin Trevorrow and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas-Howard, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, Ty Simpkins, BD Wong. “Jurassic World” is slated for a June 12, 2015 release.

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond.

Monday, November 24, 2014

NSFW Teaser For “Bunny The Killer Thing”

BTKTCheck out the NSFW teaser trailer for “Bunny The Killer Thing”. The film is directed by Joonas Makkonen and is slated to hit film festivals through 2015. “Bunny The Killer Thing” stars Enni Ojutkangas, Veera W. Vilo, Orwi Imanuel Ameh, Jari Manninen, Marcus Massey, Roope Olenius, Vincent Tsang, Olli Saarenpää, Matti Kiviniemi, Katja Jaskari, Hiski Hämäläinen, Gareth Lawrence.

In the dark winter woods of Finland, a group of Finnish and British holiday makers are stuck in a cabin where they are terrorized by a creature which is half human, half rabbit. The creature is Bunny the Killer Thing, who is after anything that resembles the female genitals.

Bunny the Killer Thing - Teaser Trailer from Black Lion on Vimeo.

Three Days Of Turkey And Terror : Thankskilling 2014

thanksgiving massacreOn November 25th I will begin my Thanksgiving 2014 horrorthon. Starting tomorrow. 3 Days Of Turkey And Terror kicks off with indie horror “Thanxgiving”, ending on November 27th-Thanksgiving with “Thankskilling 3”. Check out my full horror movie marathon schedule below:

November 25th
Thanksgiving (2006)
Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County (1998)
Intensity (1997)

November 26th
Blood Rage (1983)
Boogeyman (2005)
Home Sweet Home (1981)

November 27th
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)
ThanksKilling (2009)
ThanksKilling 3 (2012)

DVD Release Details For “At The Devil’s Door”

At The Devil's DoorPress Release – “A real estate agent looking to sell a house must deal with a satanic presence that just won’t vacate the premises in AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR, a star-studded shocker that will have home audiences cringing when it comes to Blu-ray and DVD on December 16, 2014, via IFC Midnight and MPI Media Group, with SRPs, respectively, of $29.98 and $24.98.

When ambitious young real estate agent Leigh (Best Actress Academy Award nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace, Che, Red Band Society) is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed, possibly abused teenaged girl who seems to be a squatter in the empty house – and who, Leigh learns, is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property.

When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh’s artist sister Vera (Naya Rivera, Glee) into its web and has sinister plans for both of them. Ashley Rickards of MTV’s hit series Awkward also stars.

With nail-biting terror, writer-director Nicholas McCarthy’s (The Pact) AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR is an unforgettable venture into the supernatural. “If spookhouse immersion is your horror-flick bottom line, you’ll relish AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR,” said Alan Scherstuhl of The Village Voice. Wrote Aisle Seat’s Mike McGranaghan, “Containing some genuinely gutsy, unexpected twists, [the film] cheerfully plays with your expectations, pulling the rug out from under you whenever it damn well pleases.”

The film had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival and screened to acclaim at other international festivals before receiving a national theatrical release from IFC Midnight.
Release Date: December 16, 2014
SRP: $29.98 (Blu-ray), $24.98 (DVD)
Rating: Not rated
Running time: 95 minutes
Genre: Horror

Lightning Entertainment To Release Post-apocalyptic Thriller “The Blackout”

the blackoutLightning Entertainment will release Louis Mandylor’s post-apocalyptic thriller “The Blackout”, date to be announced. The film stars Abraham Benrubi, Lymari Nadal, Costas Mandylor, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Bill Sage, Joseph D. Reitman, and Grant Harvey. The film was originally titled “Then There Was”. Check out the trailer at this link: The Blackout Trailer

Martin and his pregnant wife leave New York to return to the small town where Martin grew up, an idyllic, quiet hamlet hundreds of miles from the nearest city, a place where everyone knows one another. The sheriff stands in front of the general store greeting the smiling townspeople…a group of college students hike into the forest…retired soldier Jim embraces the isolated privacy of life surrounded only by nature. Nothing much happens in this peaceful community. All is normal on a beautiful, perfect autumn day. And then the power goes out.

Rumors spread of a nationwide apocalyptic attack. Fear sets in. Martin tries to help the panicked residents, putting his wife’s pregnancy at risk. With communication lines down and fuel supplies low, food and provisions become scarce, and the town quickly devolves into disorganized chaos. The arrival of a merciless gang of armed felons brings terror to the community, collapsing what little order had remained.

In his cabin, Jim readies his arsenal of weapons – and fortifies his home – to prepare for what’s coming. Meanwhile, the students wander through the woods, unaware of the mass hysteria gripping the region…until it is too late. Chaos erupts into bloody violence when the hikers’ paths eventually cross with Martin’s and the gang of criminals at Jim’s compound. Gritty, disturbing, and frighteningly real, we are witness to the worst of human nature as society falls apart and the law of the jungle takes over during THE BLACKOUT. Darkness descends.

Trailer Released For Crime Thriller “Aftermath”

aftermathCheck out the trailer for Thomas Farone’s “Aftermath”. The film stars Anthony Michael Hall, Chris Penn, Tony Danza, Elisabeth Rohm, Frank Whaley and is set for a NYC Premiere on November 28th from Freestyle Releasing.

Aftermath is a black comedy thriller about one man’s enormous overreaction. Thomas Fiorini (Anthony Michael Hall) is a successful developer and an upstanding member of the community. He has it all: money, a stunning wife (Elisabeth Rohm), and their first child on the way. But the good times come to a screeching halt when Tom’s lead foreman Matt (Jamie Harrold) and subcontractor Tony (Chris Penn), start to compete for top position in the company. After a physical fight with Tony, Matt mysteriously disappears and Tom, fearing the worst, fires Tony. What follows is a slippery spiral of confrontations and suspicions as Tom becomes increasingly paranoid. Step by step he moves in a direction of fear leading to meetings with a top hit man (Danza) and a cast of unsavory characters.

Pagan Festival Shout Out: Brumalia Begins

brumaliaBrumalia (Latin: Brumalia, [bruːˈmaːlɪ.a], "winter festivals") was an ancient Roman, winter solstice festival honoring Saturn/Cronus and Ceres/Demeter, and Bacchus in some cases. By the Byzantine era, celebrations commenced on 24 November and lasted for a month, until Saturnalia and the "Waxing of the Light". The festival included night-time feasting, drinking, and merriment. During this time, prophetic indications were taken as prospects for the remainder of the winter. The festival was celebrated as late as the 6th century, until emperor Justinian's repression of paganism.

The festival marked a break for the Senate and included feasting and general merry making as well as divination to determine the city's prospects for the coming year. It also incorporated a number of smaller holidays associated with various Gods. Some modern Pagans use the word Brumalia to simply indicate the winter holiday season including all of its various festivals and activities. This seems quite in keeping with the spirit of the ancient use of the word.

John Malalas in his Chronicle 7.7 gives an account of the origins of the festival.  This tells us it was in the winter, and instituted by Romulus (or “Romus” as Malalas calls him).
Because of this Romus devised what is known as the Brumalia, declaring, it is said, that the emperor of the time must entertain his entire senate and officials and all who serve in the palace, since they are persons of consequence, during the winter when there is a respite from righting. He began by inviting and entertaining first those whose names began with alpha, and so on, right to the last letter; he ordered his senate to entertain in the same way. They too entertained the whole army, and those they wanted. . . . This custom of the Brumalia has persisted in the Roman state to the present day. — [The Chronicle of John Malalas, trans. E. Jeffreys et al. (Byzantina Australiensia 4, Melbourne, 1986), p. 95]

Official Trailer Released For “Predestination”

predestThe official trailer has been released for Peter Spierig’s “Predestination”. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, and is due out January 9th, 2015. “Predestination” is described as a riveting adventure through time centered on a secret government time traveling agency designed to prevent future killers and terrorists from committing their crimes.

PREDESTINATION chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must recruit his younger self while pursuing the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.

First Teaser For “Frankenstein’s Patchwork Monster”

Frankenstein's Patchwork MonsterCheck out the first teaser trailer for steampunk horror “Frankenstein’s Patchwork Monster”.  The film is directed by Emil J. Novak and stars Bill Kennedy, Patrick Mallette, Daniel James, Annmarie Bahny. “Frankenstein’s Patchwork Monster” is due out in the Spring of 2015.

Immortality and the respect for human life are central topics in this film production. How far can the quest for scientific research go and still be moral. And where do they procure the cadaver’s for testing? This and many other surprises will astonish your senses in Frankenstein’s Patchwork Monster.


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